Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Autumn Music Fest | Historic Springfield

Love the video. If you couldn't read english one might think it was ozfest. While its way more like jazz fest. Still kudos to the energy and great hd graphics! Spread the word.

Check out this great event in Springfield this weekend. Lots of bands and 100% of proceeds go to American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The weather is excellent for this. Go get some local jazz and jams and relax in Historic Springfield.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Has your neighborhood gone to the birds?

photo Jennifer Saylor

Got a note from Dr. Wood this morning. This sounds so cool. I am thankful that we have cool people to pass down stories like these. There is so much great stuff all around us and behind us, historically speaking that if we shared more I think we would slow down and enjoy the good more.

One of Jacksonville’s truly amazing natural phenomena is now taking place in our neighborhood, and I thought you might enjoy seeing it (and spread the word).

Every year, thousands of chimney swifts migrate through Jacksonville on their way to Central America and Peru. Their annual flight path brings these birds back to the exact same place in large numbers, and for over 70 years they have been roosting in the chimney of the Riverside Avenue Christian Church on the corner of Riverside and Cherry Streets.

I have been watching this for a number of years, and the largest showing of these birds is usually in September-October. Each night at sunset (at about 7:15 p.m. this week) the sky becomes punctuated with hundreds of the little birds, scattered over a few miles in all directions at first. Slowly, the birds coalesce into a swirl. This vortex of birds moves faster and faster until they suddenly begin to shoot down the chimney at incredible speed.

In 25 minutes, the spectacle is over. The birds spend the night down in the unused chimney, and emerge the next morning at dawn to spend their entire day in flight, eating Jacksonville’s bugs, and they return to the chimney at night to complete the cycle.

The greatest number of birds I have observed was back in 2002, when there were thousands and thousands of them by the third week in October. By the first day in November they were totally gone.

For the last two years there were almost none at all. This year for the last several nights there have been several hundred -- enough to put on quite a display. I have no idea if the numbers will increase over the next few weeks, or if they will be gone by tomorrow night.

But they may not be here long, so I thought you might want to see them while they are here.

I invite you to join me tonight (Monday) night about 7:15 p.m. to watch this phenomenal display from the church parking lot. Lawn chairs optional.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jay Z Got it (from Duval) Super Dynamite Blows Up The Empire State

I love it when we get some street cred. Even though it probably won't mean much to the guys in local indie hip hop outfit the Alias Brothers, they get a big nod from the biggest names in hip hop when, I'm sure totally coincidentally, Jay Z rips the same dusty sample for a new single on Blueprint 3. Give a listen...

Now, cruising down 8th Street check this

So will Asamov (now th AB's) get some credit for finding that hook and beat (besides me)? Ask Kanye or No I.D.. Or ask Jay hisself.

If we are all jockin Jay Z, who's he jockin?

DUVAL, thats who!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RAM, sort of a big deal.

photo credit flog

emphasis mine



National Tour Arrives at Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville on Saturday, October 10

SEATTLE – September 22, 2009 – The Toyota Hybrid Farm to Table Tour continues with a single-day event in Jacksonville, Florida at the Riverside Arts Market on Saturday, October 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. Toyota created the Farm to Table Tour to highlight farmers markets around the country and the benefits they offer their communities, and to celebrate the food produced by each market’s farmers and vendors.

During the Jacksonville event, in booths throughout the market located on the Riverwalk under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge, 12 local beloved chefs and farmers will be paired together for a day that highlights the Riverside Arts Market’s offerings. The chefs will prepare special tastings showcasing their partner farm’s fresh ingredients and visitors will have the opportunity to sample the chefs’ creations while also learning more about the market vendors, their products, and how to buy and eat seasonally. The chefs will be serving up samples from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. In addition, to further support the market, Toyota is making a financial donation to the Riverside Arts Market, LLC, the organization that brings the Riverside Arts Market to life each week.

In addition to free tastings, visitors will have the opportunity to select potted culinary herb plant starts at the Mobile Garden Highlander Hybrid, and can also enter for a chance to win a unique culinary prize package. Toyota will also provide interested market goers with the opportunity to take a ride in the 3rd Generation Prius or a 2009 Highlander Hybrid and take home a John Boos cutting board as a thank you gift.

Toyota is dedicated to using eco-friendly materials throughout the tour and will be purchasing carbon credits through TerraPass to offset the impact of the tour’s carbon footprint.

“Our market being selected as part of the Toyota Hybrid Farm to Table Tour is at first an acknowledgement of the incredible vision of our founders and the hard work of our amazing volunteers and talented vendors,” said Tony Allegretti, Market Director of the Riverside Arts Market. “And secondly, it’s thrilling to be part of a green tour of this magnitude, as we have been very focused on the impact our market is having on the environment.”

After Jacksonville, the Toyota Hybrid Farm to Table Tour will continue on to the Red Stick Farmers Market in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, October 17. The tour then continues through the end of October. To learn more, visit www.farmtotabletour.com.

For more information on the Toyota Hybrid Farm to Table Tour or to schedule an interview with participating chefs and/or farmers, please contact Kirsten Graham at (206) 890-3435 or kirsten(at)kirstengrahampr.com.

Since its grand opening on Saturday, April 4th, 2009, the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) has introduced an amazing new arts and entertainment venue to Northeast Florida. Unprecedented in size and scope, RAM provides a dependable marketplace for artists and local farmers to sell their products, as well as providing a marvelous family entertainment destination each weekend on the St. Johns River. RAM operates every Saturday 10am to 4pm, April through December. To learn more, visit www.riversideartsmarket.com.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 14 manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,800 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion dealerships in North America that sold more than 2.4 million vehicles in 2008. Toyota directly employs over 43,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $21 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals more than $30 billion.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Backpacks 3to5 bucks at target! Go read www.theurbancore.com!


RAM Helps Collect Backpacks for Foster Kids!
You can donate new backpacks and gift cards for local foster kids at the Riverside Arts Market. Please bring your donated back packs and gift cards to RAM every Saturday through October 10!

The backpacks you donate will be filled with essentials for new foster children who are removed from their home without adequate personal effects. Donated gift cards will be given given to foster teens who are aging out of the foster care system.

Official Link.

This project is run by the Junior League for Family Support Services.

There will also be an amazing array of entertainment at our little 17 ring circus including the NAVY BAND SOUTHEAST DIXIE LAND headlining the River Stage!


Thursday, September 17, 2009


Photo by Gail Butensky over at the pitchfork

(on my turntables in the alley of the Haydon Burns Library)

They will really be playing live this time next year in Central Park. Did you know that Memorial Park and Riverside Park was designed by the same bros whose daddy designed and built Central Park in the NYC, one if not the most famous park in the entire world? More history nuggets coming soon.

What is the real reason for this post? I guess that Pavement is great and has gotten me through a lot of tough times. Thanks for visiting.
Pavement - All My Friends
Found at skreemr.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I can stop Maurice Jones Drew and other cool things you need to know

Late Night At The Sinclair from Night Sinclair on Vimeo.

first ever Late Nite at the Sinclair - great new downtown bar - welcome to the neighborhood fellers!

Jaguars radio tonight (6pm am 690 and some fm station) will be eating Burrito Gallery. RAM and Jag sponsor, Winn Dixie is debuting the New Maurice Jones Drew sub. GoMoJo, its your birthday. Anyway they wanted to debut his new sub tonight BUT NO! ITS THE BG's TURN! WE STOPPED Maurice Jones Drew! How many people can say that? Ha.

Anyway, what else? OH, big fun coming at Riverside Arts Market this weekend. FREE STUFF. Watch this space for more info tomorrow. Don't let the rain scare you off. It is going to be fun either way like always and again, free stuff (you cheapskate).


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Urban Barksonville Weekly

One of the coolest projects I am involved with is Urban Jacksonville Weekly. UJW is a, ahem, weekly show that highlights news and projects in the, ahem, urban core. Tonight's guest is a representative of SACARC. SACARC is one of my favorite non-profts even though I am violently allergic to dogs and cats. They help the homeless and furry in my neighborhood of Springfield. They have also placed a lot of friends in homes out of their relationships with RAM sponsor Winn Dixie.

They have a huge event this Saturday (GO TO RAM FIRST!) at Confederate Park in Historic Springfield.

Give a listen to UJW if you are near the interwebs today at 5:30. We have had some awesome shows but each one is worth listening and watching live if you are lucky enough to remember it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kings of LeOnline

A lot of people in my family and my older friends think I am the online genius, though I do have a couple offline projects worth mentioning, I won't. Your welcome. I have been doing this blog for over 4 years now and started my share of new things using the trusty, ok, marginally reliable laptop. I have created sites like this one in blogger, my photo blog and uptown market in tumblr (the former twits to -->), my main twitter, and now I am dabbling with a different partner in wordpress which is probably the best of the bunch for hospice jacksonville. I also am one of the hosts of UJW which uses ustream and some other podlike stuff that is way over my head. All of that is not counting my ignored myspace and my facebook with 160 unread messages and 38 events. I've got to do something about all of this. If you are a lonely person in Jacksonville I'm not sure how.

Wait, what am I talking about? Oh yeah, the best, IMO (internet opinion) way to get out your projects or thoughts or theories is to get your blog (publishing is the only true marketing worth a crap) on the reader, JAXREADER, hands down the best project I have anything to do with on the web (currently). It is an awesome resource. Do you ever say Jax is great if you know where to go and what to do? I do and your online degree in such things can be found at JAXREADER, srsly. Oh and its been a little um, spicy lately with new additions, so ask your parents if you are under 18. kthxbye. By the way this was designed and founded by the founder of this great art site which is having a birthday of sorts. Ok everybody follow?

Good, now to make a lot of money go to this thing or something.

Friday, September 11, 2009

This Life is Not a Readthrough: Updated

vintage biggie tea flyer found at bikejax

When I first was thinking about this post I was going to say a quick nod to 9/11. Rest in peace all the victims and heroes who were lost.

It is great to be back in town. I look forward rawking out the back deck of the bg tonight. BIG TIME. Also RAM tomorrow is going to be outrageous. You will be hearing so much about RAM in the next few weeks. Are you amazed by the crowds when you come to RAM? Just wait its about to BLOW UP.

So why the chili peppersesque title? Because its true. You have to get out there and live your life. Every day is a gift. That is why I started HospiceJacksonville.com. I also replaced the link on top (was theurbancore myspace, but I don't even go there anymore. that is a warning facebook) You may or may not know that I was a consultant to families and medical professionals about the hospice benefit for about a year and half. It was one of the hardest things ever to get across. And believe me I've tried the restaurant business downtown, lofts in Springfield, working for the mayor on arts initiatives, and other impossible projects. Hospice marketing can be summed up like this. People would rather talk to their kids about sex than their parents about hospice. That sucks. Because all that it is about is quality of life when it matters most. It is also widely misunderstood so don't go in uninformed. Call all the hopice providers. Establish your advance directives. Learn the real deal about the benefit. Did you know you can work on hospice? Did you know you don't have to die? Did you know it is not mandatory to have a DNR? Did you know that some people stay on hospice for years? Did you know you can have some treatments on hospice? Did you know that some people are kicked out of hospice because they get better? Don't worry. Nobody knows. Nobody talks about. Until now.

So live your life. Live it up. Do things. Don't chat about it or message board about it. Be about it.

Also, Community Hospice will be at RAM this week and every week until the end of the season (Dec. 19). Come down and talk to them and read the blog when you can.

I love you guys! Come see me at the BG!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Probably the most important 10 year anniversary ever.

I am a huge proponent of the Ritz Theatre. There is info within its walls about the successes and struggles of African Americans and other minorities in this city that you will not find in any other place. If you have not visited the Ritz Museum there is no excuse as it will be free admission during normal hours (If I read correctly). You owe it to yourself and Jacksonville history to check it out. Who knows how long it will be open for us. If they close it down, I don't believe it will be an easy comeback. Long live the Ritz.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Pennymon, (904) 630-1212 x6608


Ritz Theatre continues to serve Jacksonville residents 80 years after its original opening

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 9, 2009 – The Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum reaches yet another milestone as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the reopening of one of Jacksonville’s most noted and historic sites. To celebrate this accomplishment, the Ritz will host a series of events for the pubic that will highlight the storied history of the theatre and museum while offering a blockbuster lineup of performers and activities. Over the next 10 months the Ritz will continue the 10th anniversary celebration with a stellar calendar of events.

Schedule of events:

Kickoff Press Conference with Mayor John Peyton

Noon, Sept. 15

Cost: Free

Mayor Peyton joins the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum director, Carol J. Alexander, board members and supporters to announce the 10 days of celebration for the Ritz’ 10th anniversary.

LEGENDS: The Legacy of Black Coaching in Jacksonville

6 p.m., Sept. 15

Cost: Free

Join the Ritz for an evening of history and the untold stories of black coaching in segregated Jacksonville. This event recognizes the voice of those who lived through this time and the importance they played in developing pride, discipline and courage in the lives of athletes.

Poets of the New Revolution: An Evening with Sonia Sanchez

730 p.m., Sept. 17

Cost: $20

Poet, playwright and activist Sonia Sanchez, an acclaimed icon of the Black Arts Movement, brings to the Ritz stage her unmistakable word-storm of passion, wisdom and uncompromising truth. Tickets at the Ritz Box office and TICKETMASTER locations.

Ritz Block Party

2-8 p.m., Sept. 19

Cost: Free

Enjoy festivities with local vendors, food, classic movies, museum tours, old school dance party, entertainment featuring past Amateur Night winners, local artists and starring Neo Soul artist Dwele and Jazz and R&B artist Roy Ayers.

High Tea

3-5 p.m., Sept. 22.

Cost: $10

This event features a late afternoon traditional High Tea social honoring the unwavering commitment of our community supporters. Musical entertainment provided.

Harry T. Moore Film and Civil Rights Panel Discussion

7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 23

Cost: Free

A film on Harry T. Moore, founder of the first branch of the NAACP in Brevard County, Fla., will be shown chronicling his life and the sacrifices that were made for the betterment of African Americans during the Civil Rights Era.

Ritz Rent Party

8 p.m.- “after midnight”, Sept. 25

Cost: $50

A fund raiser in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Ritz. The evening will be filled with entertainment, fun, food and dancing as attendees are invited to step back in time to the glorious days of LaVilla. Experience the Harlem Showcase hosted by Broadway star Maurice Hines, dance all night in the Two Spot Ballroom, enjoy jazz in the LaVilla Supper Club and special surprises and celebrity guests. Get dressed and stroll into an unforgettable evening.

* All events will be held at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum (829 N. Davis Street – 32202)

* There will be FREE admission to the museum during scheduled hours until September 26.

For more information call (904) 632-5555 or visit www.coj.net search term ‘Ritz.’

History of the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum

Originally the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum opened September 1929 as a theatre in LaVilla, attracting many movie goers for more than 40 years. When the walls of segregation began to fall in the 1960's, many middle and upper class African Americans moved to other areas of the city. Neglect and a shrinking local economy left LaVilla's historic buildings, including the Ritz Theatre, damaged and deteriorating.

The City of Jacksonville's River City Renaissance initiative in the late 1990's provided funds to revitalize the LaVilla neighborhood. In 1999, the site of the original 1929 Ritz movie house was redesigned as an anchor for the community and the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum was born.

In the spirit of its predecessor, the Ritz has continued to serve the citizens of Jacksonville with a variety of youth programs and various community initiatives. Valuable historic archives have been collected, conserved, researched and exhibited to tell the story of the rich history, traditions and culture of the African Diaspora.

Scholars have provided study and research that is made available for continued and future use. More than 5,000 archived objects and documents have been collected and preserved.

During the school year, there are regularly scheduled field trips to the museum for students participating in the standards based “Along This Way Traveling Trunk and Tour Program” in partnership with the Duval County Public Schools. The museum’s educational programs also include workshops, lectures, gallery talks, book signings, story time and other outreach activities.

The educational component of the Ritz is just the tip of the iceberg. The theatre also offers a variety of activities that serve the community including the Ritz Voices, Amateur Night, Spoken Word and more. In addition, hundreds of performers have graced the Ritz stage including AHMAD JAMAL, Les Ballet African, Eric Benet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and Ain’t Mis Behavin’ to name a few.


Wednesday, September 02, 2009






To me I think Art Walks in the rain are some of the best. More people stay in one place and hang out and talk to folks. It is basically crowd control so only real enthusiasts have the guts to um, pack an umbrella. It may not even rain, but if it does, just pack an umbrella and come on out. See below for some good spots to hit and download the map. See you on the street!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Big Fun in the River City

photo found at content

Art Walk is tomorrow night. From the looks of the flyer it is going to be amazing. I notice a lot of RAM friendors (get it?) setting up at Hemming Plaza. Thats where Lackawanna is playing too. MUST SEE. Click and give it a listen. Srsly. Should be really great. Start the fall off right. The last super hot art walk and all. Probably will rain, but that is just crowd control. So many artists to check out. Here is the official link with links to the printable map.

People ask me all the time if I am still involved in Art Walk. Yes and no. I sometimes dj before the band at the BG or sling cans of American beer. And I am helping with the new venue of the alley between the old library and 11e. Here is this weeks flyer for that from the producer. I go on last as requested and am committed to bringing the house down.

Yes they spelled my name wrong. That and this picture pretty much sum up my career at this point.